An A and B Level “Giant Soccer” event was recently held at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility recently to encourage youth to achieve and maintain their A level in the Incentive Program which is an integral part of the Behavior Management System.
Institutions for young offenders sparked the need for more oversight, resulting in the creation of the California Youth Authority, which eventually became the Division of Juvenile Justice. When females were just breaking through barriers to become correctional officers in male prisons, a woman was named to head the youth authority in 1976. It’s believed she was the first woman in the nation to lead a statewide prison system. The is the fourth and final part in the series.
With the closure of the two previous reform schools in San Francisco and Marysville, the state established two new schools using what were considered modern approaches at the time. One school was opened in the southern part of the state and the other in the north. In this installment of the evolution of the state’s efforts to reform young offenders, Inside CDCR takes a closer look at those schools and their incarcerated wards.
The first two reform schools were not Whittier and Preston, but San Francisco and Marysville. As we continue the series examining the history of the Division of Juvenile Justice, we look more closely at those early attempts. This is the second part of the series.
Prior to the creation of a juvenile justice system, young offenders were sentenced much like their adult counterparts. At one time, young offenders could be sentenced to hard labor. Crimes committed by youth ranged from murder to theft but without alternatives to state prison, most ended up in San Quentin or Folsom. We look at some of those early offenders and the crimes that landed them in the state’s two oldest prisons. Even after the creation of reform schools, it look years for the courts to catch on to the concept. This first installment looks at those early offenders and their stories.
Grounding one’s understanding of abstract concepts is an integral part of performance-based learning and on Feb. 28, Mary B. Perry High School at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility hosted an array of multiple projects created by students focusing on the framework of 21st Century Globalization with the theme of Perseverance.